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Papa Roach: Bad-ass Rock’n’Roll

With "On The Record & On The Road" PAPA ROACH have released a weird but still powerful "compilation album". The guys present themselves as well-functioning unit, and we met the band at the Taste-Of-Chaos tour in Freiburg, to summarize their travel adventures so far. Therefore, let´s pass over to singer Jacoby.

Congratulations to the compilation album "On The Record & On The Road", it is really well-done!
Thank you very much! We also like this album a lot, and I hope fans like it as well.

How was the feedback for the new album so far?
The feedback has been great! It’s been playing the shows when we get the true feedback, on the message boards our fans are really enjoying the live-parts of the record aswell as the new material. For us it’s really gratifying going on stage, playing the new stuff and the kids are going off to the new music!

How was the tour in Germany?
It’s been going very well. We started in Scandinavia walked all way down to Copenhagen, chopped to Germany on a few days, we got a couple more, like Freiburg - we’ve never been here before, so that’s very cool. But we’ve been to Germany, Rock am Ring, Rock im Park, many festivals before, so that’s why we keep coming back, shows in Germany are always have something.

Which festivals did you play in Germany?
Open Flair, that was awesome! And Rock am Ring, Rock im Park, and we did a tour with Iron Maiden, we just thought that the crowd was going to like us – but they loved us! That was very cool, though we aren’t a Metal Band we rocked the crowd!

Why don’t you tell us something about the new album, what’s different, what’s new?
I would say with the new music it’s a bit more modern sounding, we went in and used some Loops and Beats, Keyboards and Sampling, stuff to embellish our rock-sound. On the other side the record is a live-album – it’s the first time we done a live-record, and it’s really energetic, it shows the passion and the spirit and the energy of our band. We got the crowd-mics turned all the way up, so you could hear the crowd singing along with us. So it’s the best album of Papa Roach and we did that because it’s kind of an end of an Era for us – 10 years, we put up 5 records, we just left the major Labels went to an independent Record Company and now that parts done now we start fresh and it’s interesting what will come out next.

What’s your motivation to play music?
Just life. It helps me to manage the fire inside myself, because for me music is an escape, it helps me to express myself, to say things out loud, either about myself or the world around me and it makes me feel like I’m a part of something.

Doesn’t the tour affect your private life?
Oh yeah, I don’t get to go home very often, so it’s very tough to have a wife and kids, but rock’n’roll is just my dream and my wife understands it, my kids – they are 8 and 6 – love music and they come out with me on tour sometimes. It’s tough but cool, it’s just my dream.

Is your wife with you on this tour?
No, she was with me on the last Europe-Tour, I got two little boys, but they haven’t been to Europe yet, we want to wait a little bit longer till they get older so they can appreciate it.

How does the typical Papa Roach fan look like?
There’s no typical Papa Roach fan! It’s like Freaks, Geeks, Weirdoes, Punks, Goth Kids, just average Joes, Girls, Guys, Older, Younger and I think especially in America it’s even more diverse because we done so many types of touring, but in Europe it’s primarily a rock audience.

Has your fanbase developed during all those years?
Yeah, because when we started there were a lot of kids and also many like 25, now 10 years later they’re 35 and have kids, but still there are young kids, so there’s a future for Papa Roach.

Do you have some funny tour-stories for us?
There are all kinds of funny moments! One time there was a girl who asked “Ey, can I get your autograph” and I was like: “Yeah, sure!” and then she said: “Now I’ll give you mine”, she just pulled off her skirt and stuck the pen in her butt and wrote her name done on a paper with her ass. That was interesting!

What do expect for tonight?
Bad-ass rock’n’roll, Jumpin’, Moshpit, drinking, Party, People singing out loud, just like a rock’n’roll-show should be!

Have you been to Freiburg for a visit?
Yeah, yesterday we walked around a bit, checked out the church, which is wonderful, and we had some traditional German cuisine last night, and the waitress asked: “Are you rockstars?”, and then we took some pictures and it was awesome. I really like German traditional food like Schnitzel, my wife cooks it herself because she has lived in Germany for five years when she was a little kid. I really like Germany, all the cities with their history and I like German beer, but I’m not drinking on this tour.

Does the green life-style go with the rock’n’roll life-style?
Oh, it’s pretty hard, because when you’re on tour you use gas every day and I really try to drink water out of a glass, not from a plastic bottle and reuse the towels. At home I use a green car, but to really change something we need the big companies to change, because it’s not us people, it’s the big oil refineries, but in essence humans are just a fucking disease!

Thank you for the interview.
You´re welcome! Thank you for your support.


Author: Markus Seibel, photos: Band
Date: 2011-02-01

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